I am a typical guy in some respects, but not so much in others. I sometimes enjoy loud, aggressive music and action movies, but I couldn't care less about competitive sports, fast cars, drinking beer, shooting guns, or et cetera. I'm the type of guy who would rather watch YouTube videos of cute baby animals than watch a football game, and I have no qualms about admitting it. To pretend otherwise would just be putting on an air of phony machismo, and that's not what I'm about. Gender stereotypes are bullshit.
I am a bit of a science enthusiast. I enjoy learning about new and interesting scientific discoveries, and just about anything else, really. I crave knowledge in all its forms. I also enjoy reading, watching movies/TV, playing video games, and traveling to new and interesting places. My favorite Internet cats are Maru and Li'l Bub. My favorite pizza toppings are cheese and tomato sauce, my favorite direction is east, and my favorite fruit is purple.
I have social anxiety. I think a lot of people equate social anxiety with shyness, but that's an oversimplification. I typically feel nervous and awkward when talking to people, but it is not because I'm insecure or lack self-confidence. Quite the opposite, actually. I am very confident in who I am and what I have to offer. I simply have a quirk in my brain that triggers feelings of anxiety in social situations, even though I am fully aware that those feelings have no rational basis. The human brain is a weird, complex thing, mine especially. I am not embarrassed or ashamed of it. Nevertheless, I've been told by at least one person that I might have better luck dating if I omitted this detail from my profile, but, stubborn as I am, I will not. The stigma that exists against mental illness is harmful, and it needs to go away. More people need to learn that it's okay to discuss these kinds of issues openly.
That being said, some of the perks of dating an introvert like me are: I am a very good listener, I am very thoughtful, introspective, non-judgmental, open-minded, and empathetic. Those things may not come as much of a surprise, but what a lot of people don't know about me is that I have a very weird, goofy, offbeat sense of humor and rarely take myself too seriously.
Since it seems like every other person on this site who's from Utah is LDS, I figure I'll mention this too: I am not religious in any way, shape or form. I've been an atheist for over 10 years, and that has very little chance of changing, ever. That being said, it is not a dealbreaker for me if you are religious to some extent, so long as you are not dogmatic in your beliefs and have a sufficiently open-minded and progressive worldview.
knowing the difference between "your" and "you're"
A lot of the well-known classics (e.g. To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, The Grapes of Wrath, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Slaughterhouse-Five), Infidel, Brave New World, American Gods, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Flim-Flam!, The Demon Haunted World, A Song of Ice and Fire, Small Gods
Alien, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, The Godfather, Pixar movies, Coen bros. movies, Lord of the Rings, Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, Pulp Fiction, Spirited Away, Mad Max: Fury Road
Game of Thrones, Louie, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Westworld, Last Week Tonight, Orange is the New Black, Fargo, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Black Mirror, Bojack Horseman, Rick and Morty, Veep, Silicon Valley, The Wire, Mr. Robot, The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross
Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, Pixies, Ministry, The Clash, Meat Puppets, KMFDM, Metallica, The Sex Pistols, Motorhead, Slayer, Smashing Pumpkins, Queen, Melvins, Tool, Social Distortion, Violent Femmes, Queens of the Stone Age
3. small fluffy animals
4. my right hand
6. numbered lists
why cake batter tastes better than actual cake
If you are interested but are nervous about messaging me or are not sure what to say, just send me a message that says "Hi" or "What's up". Just know, however, that I will only respond to those types of messages if you have filled out your profile. I am very picky about this. If your bio just says "Ask me" or is extremely short, generic, or vague, I will be much less likely to respond.
You should not message me unless you want to meet in person eventually. If that is not a high priority for you, you should not contact me. However, if you feel a little hesitant about it, I totally understand. I am not blind to the fact that meeting a stranger from the Internet is inherently more risky for women than for men. There are a lot of creepers and weirdos out there, after all. You can never be too careful. With that in mind, I'm more than willing to chat with you for as long as you need until you feel comfortable meeting, so if you have any questions, if there's anything you want to know about me that I haven't covered in my profile, don't hesitate to ask. Sound good? Great. Have a nice day.